Merchants donate for big bus renovation

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A BUILDERS merchant has supported a charity by helping to renovate a bus into a homeless shelter.

Covers Timber & Builders Merchant donated supplies to Highbury College students and lecturer Russ Dugan.

The team built and fitted bunks inside the bus as part of The Rucksack Project.

The Stagecoach bus will soon offer kitchen and toilet facilities on the ground floor and 12 beds on the upper deck.

Volunteers are currently hard at work, getting the bus ready to be showcased to the public on November 26.

The public will be allowed to see the bus at Fratton Park between midday and 2pm before it goes to its first home in the car park of, St Agatha’s Church in Portsmouth.

Joanne Vines from The Rucksack Project said: ‘It has taken eight months to complete the bus. ‘It couldn’t have been done without local trades volunteering time and goods; the Portsmouth community have yet again stepped up to the mark! We wish St Agatha’s all the best for future.’